Giampaolo Bandini

Francesco Geminiani, Tomasso Giordani: Sonate per chitarra e basso continuo

  • AllMusic Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

This release from Italy's Tactus label is perhaps even more specialized than the common run of Tactus releases, covering an 18th century instrument called the English guitar that had only a tiny repertoire, a good part of which is recorded here. The English guitar had 10 strings in six courses, tuned in an open C major. The only major (or at least moderately major) composer who wrote for it was Francesco Geminiani, who, like Paganini, was known as a guitarist as well as for his violin skills. His sonatas consist of from two to five movements, most of them little more than a minute in length and devoted to the solution of some technical problem. You hear a lot of C major, and the minimal contrast between the guitar and the harpsichord continuo also contributes to the lack of differentiation; one wonders whether a different kind of continuo group might have been used. The two-movement Classical-era sonatas of the little-known Tommaso Giordani ought to stir up the attention of guitar enthusiasts; however, what has by now become a Classical accompanimental group has a mostly rhythmic function, and the long slow movements effectively blend sparkling guitar runs into a larger structure. The relaxed fluency of guitarist Giampaolo Bandini is another plus throughout, and sound is above average for Tactus releases. Recommended for serious guitar fans.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Sonata in do maggiore
1 1:22
2 1:29
3 1:03
Sonata in do minore
4 1:25
5 0:45
6 1:19
7 1:43
8 1:45
Sonata in re maggiore
9 2:04
10 0:51
11 0:41
12 1:13
13 1:19
Sonata in re minore
14 1:26
15 2:20
Sonata in mi minore
16 1:38
17 1:11
Sonata in sol minore
18 0:55
19 1:52
Sonata in do minore
20 4:28
21 2:21
Sonata in do maggiore
22 8:12
23 3:26
Sonata in do minore
24 7:05
25 1:40
Sonata in la minore
26 4:09
27 5:18
blue highlight denotes track pick